Synonyms of reduce in English:



  • 1 the aim is to reduce pollution
    lessen, make less, make smaller, lower, bring down, decrease, turn down, diminish, take the edge off, minimize; shrink, narrow, contract, shorten, foreshorten, truncate, taper, close, abbreviate, condense, concentrate, abridge; deplete, axe, cut, cut back/down, make cutbacks in, scale down, trim, slim (down), prune, chop, curtail, limit; moderate, lighten, ease, dilute, mitigate, commute, qualify, alleviate, relax, abate; Financeamortize
    [Antonyms] increase enlarge
  • 2 he succeeded in reducing her to tears
    bring to, bring to the point of, force into, drive into
  • 3 he was jailed for five years and reduced to the ranks
    demote, downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status; abase, humble, demean, belittle, humiliate, bring low
    North American informal bust
    [Antonyms] promote
  • 4 ribs of beef have been reduced to £1.88 a pound
    make cheaper, lower the price of, lower/cut in price, cheapen, cut, mark down, discount, put on sale, offer at a giveaway price
    informal slash, knock down
    [Antonyms] put up
  • Phrases

    in reduced circumstances

    impoverishedin straitened circumstancesruinedbankruptbankruptedbustinsolventpoorindigentpenuriousimpecuniousin penurymoneylesswithout a souas poor as a church mousepoverty-strickendestitutenecessitousneedyin need/wantbadly offhard upon one's beam-endsunable to make ends meetunderprivilegedBritishon the breadlinewithout a penny (to one's name) informalbrokeflat brokecleaned outstrapped for cashstrappedon one's uppersBritish informalstony brokeskintwithout two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub togetherin Queer StreetNorth American informalstone broke rarepauperizedbeggared

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